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The Bone Spindle Trilogy

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Sleeping Beauty x Indiana Jones YA with ruins, riddles, battle axes & ride-or-die friendships.

Treasure hunter & flirty prince m/f love and sapphic enemies-to-lovers f/f love!

"This gender-flipped retelling effortlessly melds romance, adventure, and fantasy. Highly recommended."   

School Library Journal (starred review)

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• Fantasy violence • Weapons • Past abusive / manipulative relationship • Giant spiders

The Bone Spindle

An instant indie bestseller

Fi is a bookish treasure hunter with a knack for ruins and riddles, who definitely doesn’t believe in true love.

Shane is a tough-as-dirt girl warrior from the north who likes pretty girls, cracking skulls, and doing things her own way.

Briar Rose is a prince under a sleeping curse, who’s been waiting a hundred years for the kiss that will wake him.

Cursed princes are nothing but ancient history to Fi—until she pricks her finger on a bone spindle while exploring a long-lost ruin. Now she’s stuck with the spirit of Briar Rose until she and Shane can break the century-old curse on his kingdom.

Dark magic, Witch Hunters, and bad exes all stand in her way—not to mention a mysterious witch who might wind up stealing Shane’s heart, along with whatever else she’s after. But nothing scares Fi more than the possibility of falling in love with Briar Rose.

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The Severed Thread

Action-packed sequel to The Bone Spindle

Fi has awakened the sleeping prince, but the battle for Andar is far from over. The Spindle Witch, the Witch Hunters, and Fi’s own Butterfly Curse all stand between them and happily ever after.


Shane has her partner’s back. But she’s in for the fight of her life against Red, the right hand of the Spindle Witch who she’s also, foolishly, hellbent on saving.


Briar Rose would do anything to restore his kingdom. But there’s a darkness creeping inside him—a sinister bond to the Spindle Witch he can’t escape.


All hopes of restoring Andar rest on deciphering a mysterious book code, finding the hidden city of the last Witches, and uncovering a secret lost for centuries—one that just might hold the key to the Spindle Witch’s defeat. If they can all survive that long…


Set in a world of twisted fairytales, The Severed Thread combines lost ruins, ride-or-die friendships, and heart-pounding romance.

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• Fantasy violence • Weapons • Past abusive / manipulative relationship • Abusive parent figure

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• Fantasy violence • Weapons • Past abusive / manipulative relationship • Abusive parent figure • Offscreen / remembered death of a wolf (SPOILER: Not Cinzel!)

The Cursed Rose

coming February 07, 2024

The fate of a cursed kingdom rests on ancient secrets, broken promises, and fierce friendships in this gasp-worthy final book of the bestselling twisted fairytale Bone Spindle series.

Fi is a prisoner. Briar, a monster. Shane’s a warrior. And Red is a traitor. 

With the Spindle Witch on the verge of finding the Siphoning Spells and crushing Andar, Fi’s only hope lies in decoding the ancient riddle of the Rose Witches before she loses Briar forever. 

Shane is desperate to save Andar—and her partner. She’s on the hunt for a weapon left by the mysterious Lord of the Butterflies, which holds the key to the Spindle Witch’s demise. But Red’s betrayal puts her in danger from a new enemy—the Spindle Witch’s executioner, the Wraith, a witch as powerful as he is cruel.

The future of Andar lies in the secrets of its past. Fi and Shane must take on the greatest lost ruin of them all—the Tomb of Queen Aurora. Filled with vicious bone monsters, new alliances, and surprises at every turn, prepare to be swept away by this taut, clever, and heart-filled series conclusion.

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Praise for The Bone Spindle

•  ABA Indie Bestseller

•  Amazon Editor's Pick
•  Apple Winter's Most Anticipated Booklist
•  Amazon Rising Stars: New Fantasy Authors to Watch

•  Bustle, Frolic and Goodreads best book of the month

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ALA List of Best LGBTQIA+ Books for Kids

2023 YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults

With amazing audiobook narrator Lindsey Dorcus!

"A delight from start to finish, with smart banter, dreamy romance, and daring adventure across an intricate, curse-ridden world." 

— Rosaria Munda, author of The Aurelian Cycle

"Packed with fully fleshed-out characters and lots of adventure, this book is a fun read that will easily draw fairy tale lovers. Vedder’s first novel nicely balances its exciting plot with touching matters of the heart."

“[An] action-packed, gender-flipped “Sleeping Beauty” reenvisioning….Video game-style fantasy tropes and energetic plotting provide an alternative to Forgotten Realms and David Eddings for new readers of epic fantasy."
Publishers Weekly

“The Bone Spindle is an incredible YA fantasy debut from Leslie Vedder who delivers a smoothly confident and finely polished gender-flipped fairytale retelling."
The Nerd Daily

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